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The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon (1980)



Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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This 1980 version of the oft-filmed Henry Devere Stackpoole novel The Blue Lagoon was the first to be stamped with an "R" rating. The basic story remains unchanged. Two very small children, a boy and a girl, are shipwrecked on a lush tropical island. They are cared for by fellow castaway Leo McKern. When he dies, the kids, played with a minimum of clothing by Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins, have no one but each other. When they grow into teen-hood, they also fall madly in love. Heavily


Drama, Action & Adventure

Oct 5, 1999

Sony Pictures Entertainment

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (15) | DVD (7)

Their romance is enhanced by Nestor Almendros' exquisite photography (and Basil Poledouris' score), as is the stunning beauty of the Fiji island where it was filmed.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The only thing blue about the movie is the sea, and the way you'll feel after wasting your time on this dose of 'tasteful', TV commercial-style, nudity.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The Blue Lagoon is the dumbest movie of the year.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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[It] has a nonsensical glaze that contributes to the inadvertent merriment.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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At a little over 100 minutes, the film feels as if huge chunks of it were edited out for pace; however, the wrong chunks have been cut.

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Ugh! Ah! Make it stop!!!

April 14, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

It's pornography for people who like to go to book burnings; a sex fantasy as chaste as your 3rd grade piano teacher.

September 6, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

You can focus on the gorgeous locales or the underage skin. Or you could just watch a much better movie.

July 26, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Blue Lagoon

I think I loved more the concept of than what actually happened in the film, but it's a good effort and interesting to watch.
January 21, 2014

Super Reviewer

This movie is cute and sweet for the most part, but has a bunch of holes in the story. For one thing, there's a group of native islanders on the other side of the island they're marooned on and they never even notice the two kids? Also, they have a boat, why don't they just fill it with food and stuff and try to make it back to civilization? Plus, I hated the end. The movie is okay, and Atkins is cute, so it's not too bad, but it's not a good movie either.
April 11, 2011

Super Reviewer

Great Classic with Brooke Shields. I use to adore her.
December 1, 2009
Wahida K

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    1. Emmeline: (imitating Richard) It doesn't scare them off unless I can spear them!
    2. Emmeline: (throws an umbrella that acted as the spear)
    3. Richard: Aw, spear you!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Paddy Button: (chasing Richard and Em) Come back here and put your clothes on!
    2. Young Richard: I don't wanna wear my old britches!
    3. Paddy Button: It ain't proper to be runnin' 'round naked...
    4. Paddy Button: (stops, out of breath)
    5. Paddy Button: ...all the time!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Richard: What are you LOOKING at?
    2. Emmeline: Your muscles.
    3. Richard: What about them? You're really acting silly lately, Em. Always saying DUMB things like that. Always LOOKING at me funny! You're not coming down with something, are you? Don't give it to me.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Arthur LeStragne: (last lines) Are they dead?
    2. Captain: (last lines) No, sir. They're asleep.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Young Richard: Where are we?
    2. Paddy Button: Nirvana! That's where we are.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Richard: There's so many things I don't understand, like why do the fish stop swimming and lie on top of the tide pools after the heavy rain? Why do you hear the waves inside the big shells? Why are all these funny hairs growing on me? I wish a big book with the answers to every question in the world would drop out of the sky and land in my hands right now. I'd read it till I knew everything.
    2. Emmeline: Oh, Richard, you can't know everything. Only God knows everything.
    3. Richard: God - He can't find us any better than Santa Claus.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
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